[Blueboard] Call for Application: Dissertation Workshop on Gender and Sexuality in Japan

Japanese Studies Program [LS] japanese.soss at ateneo.edu
Thu Aug 17 11:48:34 +08 2017

Dissertation Workshop - "Gender and Sexuality in Japan," Intended Primarily
for Southeast Asian Students
by Tessa Machida


>From Womenomics to LGBTQ civil rights, gender and sexuality issues have
become an important domain in Japanese Studies in many academic
disciplines. Differences across generations, the role anime and manga in
social discourse, gender differences in transnational migration, new LGBTQ
family structures and related questions are gaining increased attention in
the fields of literature, anthropology, sociology, the arts, history,
health sciences, law, demography and religious studies.

This is planned as the first of three workshops intended to foster strong
transnational networks in Japanese Studies within Southeast Asia. *The
workshops aim to involve eight students from Southeast Asia, two students
from Japan, and two students from the University of California, Berkeley.*​

   - Religion & Cultural Heritage amid Social and Environmental Change
   (Spring, 2019)
   - Remapping Asia: Competing and Conflicting Political Goals (Spring,

These workshops are intended for doctoral students who are currently
developing dissertation proposals, conducting their dissertation research,
or in the early stages of writing their dissertations. Emphasis will be on
strengthening the theoretic and conceptual foundations of students’ work,
identifying appropriate research methods, goals, and relevant literatures,
as well as encouraging skillful English-language writing practices.
Students will engage in rich and extended discussions of their own and each
others’ projects with mentor faculty and student peers, offering and
receiving constructive and critical input on improving their research plans
and writing.

The initial workshop on gender and sexuality in Japan will be held over
four days, *March 28-31, 2018*, on the UC Berkeley campus. Generous funding
from the Japan Foundation <http://www.jpf.go.jp/e/> will cover the full
costs of round-trip, economy-class travel to Berkeley California, visas,
lodging, ground transportation, and a modest *per diem*. Some meals will
also be provided. Participants are encouraged to spend an additional two
days before or after the workshop exploring the university’s archives and
libraries or networking with our faculty.

Applicants should be Ph.D. candidates currently writing their dissertation
proposal, conducting research, or in an early phase of writing the
dissertation itself. Participants will include eight students from
Southeast Asia, two students from the University of California, Berkeley,
and two students from Japan, in order to foster transnational networks of
like-minded scholars. Special consideration will be given to students from
ASEAN universities which do not have major Japanese Studies programs or

Questions concerning the program should be addressed to the Center for
Japanese Studies at: CJS at Berkeley.edu.


   - Your name, email address, university, and departmental affiliation.
   - Dissertation title, expected date of completion, and the name of your
   dissertation chair.
   - A one-page, single-spaced proposal, written in English, describing the
   dissertation topic and progress to date.
   - A one-page letter of support from your dissertation chair.

Application materials are due no later than* October 15, 2017*, and should
be emailed to the Center for Japanese Studies at: CJS at Berkeley.edu. Notice
of acceptance will be by *November 15*. Accepted students will be asked to
submit additional materials related to their proposal, research, and
writing for peer review by* January 1, 2018*. Participants will also
receive workshop materials for review via email by *January 15, 2018*.

Japanese Studies Program
Ateneo de Manila University
LH209 Ricardo and Dr. Rosita Leong Hall
Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights
Quezon City, Philippines 1108
Phone:  +632 426-6001 local 5248/5249
Telefax: +632 376-0966
Email: japanese.soss at ateneo.edu
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